Nearest Seaside Award Beaches Pembrokeshire
Seaside Award beaches in , Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Pembrokeshire beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Caerfai Bay beach is a sandy beach with a high water pebble bank. At high tide you don’t get much beach but as the tide goes out the beach becomes much larger and wider and the waters are shallow. The beach faces south west into the Atlantic Ocean and is backed by purple sandstone cliffs, this sandstone was quarried for the construction of St.Davids Cathedral. The beach has a car park and a number of campsites.
- West Angle Bay is a sandy beach with rock pools at low tide, the beach lies within West Angle Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). A few interesting facts:The chimney is what remains of the old brick works which were shipped out from the beach. The cannon in the car park weighs 18 tonnes and was removed from the sea below Chapel Bay Fort, part of the Victorian fortifications built in the area. Thorn Island was built in 1842, the first of the Victorian fortifications to be built in the area. Boat trips can be arranged. Facilities include car parking, toilets, café, picnic area and you have a steep narrow ramp to beach (not suitable for boat launching).
- Barafundle Bay beach is sheltered golden sands nestled between limestone headlands backed by dunes and woodland. The approach is part of the visit with woods and then an arch and steps down to the beach. Owned by the National Trust this is a good family beach with safe swimming, good sand for traditional games and woodlands to explore. Barafundle has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain but regardless it should be on your visit list when visiting Pembrokeshire and you can make up your own mind. Access only by foot but well worth the 10 minute walk along the cliffs from the car park at Stackpole Quay which is where you have toilets and cafe.
- Westdale Bay close to the village of Dale with a footpath leading down a steep grassy bank to a sandy beach surrounded by cliffs. There are no facilities at the beach, but the nearby village of Dale offers shops. Parking is limited along the roadside, from where it is a 10 minute walk along the coast path to the beach.
- Tenby Castle Beach is within a cove between the Castle and the East Cliff, with the beach being sheltered by the cliffs. This is the smallest of the Tenby beaches and can get crowded. At low tide boat trips run to Caldey Island or if a little more adventurous it is possible to walk out to St. Catherine’s island, but beware the tide can cut you off. Facilities include cafe, toilets, deckchair hire and summer lifeguards, but you then also have access to many cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops in Tenby.
- The South beach at Tenby is roughly 2km of sand backed by sand dunes, The beach is one long stretch but the northern end is referred to as Castle Beach at St. Catherine’s Island and the southern end is Penally Beach at Giltar Point. The South beach is less commercialised than Tenby’s North beach but still provides an excellent family beach. At low tide you have a massive expanse of beach but even at high tide plenty of beach space exists. Facilities include parking, toilets (disables access), lifeguards in the summer and at the northern end several shops and and hire facilities.
- The beach at Sandy Haven is a large area of sand at low tide but all but disappears when the tide is high. Located on the North side of Milford Haven the beach has rock pools to explore and is backed by small cliffs. At low tide you can cross the Sandy Haven Pill using exposed stepping stones but be careful of the tide as if you get cut off you will have a long walk back around the coast. The stones are usable a few hours either side of high tide. All you have is a car park and slipway at the end of a narrow lane. The nearby village of Herbrandston has a small shop and you have a small campsite also sits behind the beach area.
- Manorbier Bay beach is a small sandy beach with sand dunes and rock pools, great for families and is popular with surfers, body boarding and walkers stopping off from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. The beach can get very busy on hot days as it is one of the most popular in the area. Manorbier Castle overlooks the bay and on the other side of the valley the 12th century St. James church. Whilst on the eastern headland stands a prehistoric burial chamber known as Kings Quoit. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets with disabled access, cafe just up the road from the beach and the village has a shop and pub.
- Tenby northern beaches are split into two; the north beach and harbour beach. Harbour beach is a small area of sand within the harbour and at high tide boat trips run from the harbour to Caldey island. The North beach is a stretch of sandy beach and promenade within Tenby town. The beach has rock pools and the prominent Goskar Rock. During the summer the beach can get crowded due to its town location and easy access. In busy times well worth considering the South beach at Tenby. Facilities include car parking, toilets, summer lifeguards on North beach, shops, cafe and hire facilities. As this is a town beach all the facilities of Tenby are just a short walk away.
- Amroth beach is approximately 4km long south-facing beach and mostly sandy with a high water mark pebble bank. Amroth is a small seaside village facing south out into the Bristol Channel on the southern tip of Pembrokeshire and is the southern start of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. The beach is famous for its submerged forest, at very low tides tree stumps can be seen poking through the sand and fossilised antlers, nuts, animal bones and Neolithic flints have been discovered. Car parks are in the village and at the west end of the beach. The beach caters for the disabled with specific parking along the sea-front and the beach is easily accessible via a slipway, also handy for boats. Shops are situated opposite the beach and a choice of restaurants, cafes and public houses nearby.